J is for Jacobin Club

| May 5, 2014

J is for Jacobin (pronounced Jack-uh-Bin) Club

The Jacobin Club (full name: “Society of the Friends of the Constitution”) was the largest political club during the French Revolution.

The club was estimated to have around half a million members (about the number of people who finished the new season of “House of Cards” in one weekend)

They controlled the french government for a year between 1793 and 1794 led by  Maximilien de Robespierre (In addition to this awesome name, his nickname became “The Incorruptible”)

During the Reign of Terror, the Jacobins fought with their political rivals, the Girondins (think “Mean Girls”, but with executions instead of a “burn book”)

After the fall of Robespierre (their leader), another club took power, the Jacobin club was closed and many of their leaders executed (the guillotine always reminds me of the Simpsons for some reason)

The term “Jacobin” is now used a term to describe a person with radical, left-wing beliefs (also the name of a Socialist magazine)

This post is part of my personal series where I non-shamelessly cite Wikipedia articles.

(See also X Chromosome and Zippers)

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